If it's crap ... We'll tell you
The American Film Market is currently in full swing in Santa Monica, California. It's basically ground zero for movie deals; the American version of the Cannes Film Market in many ways. This is always a great event to watch if one is interested in movie news, as so many projects will be announced and/or confirmed. The latter certainly applies to a rumored upcoming second sequel to 'The Expendables.' It appears that Millennium Films has confirmed that they will be moving forward with 'The Expendables 3.' There had been talk previously about certain action legends whom producers were looking at for a potential third movie, but it was never a given that that third film would happen. Now it's gotten the official green light. In addition, Millennium Films announced that they are putting into production 'The Mechanic 2.' The first film, a remake of a classic Charles Bronson film, starred Jason Statham as a hitman mentoring a fledgling killer played by Ben Foster. No word yet on prospective release dates for either film.
It's beginning to look like Millennium's only concern is to squeeze every last ounce of life out of the film series designed to squeeze every last ounce of life out of its aging action titan cast. As much as I love the individual actors involved with the 'Expendables,' these films don't work for me. My biggest problem with them is their overwhelming reliance on computer-generated graphics, and awful computer-generated graphics at that. Given that these actors made names for themselves in the era of practical, or at least when the ratio of practical effects to CG was around 10-1, it makes no sense that the collaboration of those actors would use lame CG as a crutch. So no, I don't care that they're making another one. And as to 'The Mechanic 2,' I liked the first one just fine, and I say that as a fan of the Bronson movie. I found it to be an entertaining and well-paced action romp with just enough character work, and I didn't even have a problem with the fact that the Statham version changed the ending from the original. That said, there is no reason to make a sequel.
What do you guys think? Excited for 'Expendables 3?' How about 'The Mechanic 2?'